Photographer's Note

Within the Semana Santa I had seen like 20-30 processions, but it was not until I reached Granada, that I had the luck to see one, where the cofradía was walking in all white... (I already thought about calling this pic "Ku-Klux-Klan????" *g*)

It is quite unsharp due to the lighting conditions: right in the back, the thing in the middle of the road is the real cofradía or Saints Statue (which usually gives the name to the group as well). They are carried by people through the streets, sometimes having a weight over 2 tons... and then of course a minimum of 30 people carrying it, pausing from time to time, putting it on their walking staffs.
All the small lights are candles, lighting a statue of Mary.
Maybe I'm going to upload another pic from Murcia, taken through daylight, so it can be seen, what it looks like.

Throughout the Semana Santa (or Easter Week) there are Easter Processions every day in (I think) every town and city all over Spain, and mostly more than 3-4 a day. In Murcia, where I was living at this time, it sometimes got really difficult to get your way through the city, because you always had to cross one of the processions, and as there are always people standing at the sides - and often there are chairs aligned, it becomes really difficult to cross.

The most interesting thing about the processions is, that this really is kind of a secret society. Every cofradía (the procession group - it's one group taking part in the procession(s) and responsible for the statue of their Saint, how to adornate it, clothing,...) consists of some families, which are very proud in taking part. For foreigners it's absolutely impossible to join one of the cofradías, but the same applies to people of another family who marry into one of the cofradía families - it may be possible, but really difficult.
This is at least what I was told from Murcia, maybe it's different in other places.

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